Tolerance in Mediterranean Societies: History, Ideas and Institutions, Casablanca, Jul. 11-13, 2019

Reset Dialogues On Civilizations in partnership with the King Abdul-Aziz Al Saoud Foundation for Islamic Studies and Human Sciences is organizing the second edition of the International School and Seminars in Casablanca.

The second edition of Casablanca Seminars goes on with its aim of understanding of and among traditions to examine the fountains of tolerance in especially Islamic contexts from theological, philosophical, historical, socio-anthropological and institutionally juristic-legal perspectives. Comparisons with non-Islamic traditions, with which Muslim majority or minority societies interact, are also studied.



English and Arabic. Simultaneous translation from English to Arabic and vice-versa will be provided.



King Abdul-Aziz Al-Saud Foundation for Islamic Studies and Human Sciences

Rue du Corail, Ain Diab, Casablanca, Morocco

Tel.: 05 22 39 10 27/30 Fax: 05 22 39 10 31 –


Thursday, July 11


09:30 – 10.00 am / Registration and welcome coffee

10:00 – 10.30 am / Welcome session

Mohamed Sghir Janjar, Vice Director, King Abdul-Aziz Al Saoud Foundation for Islamic Studies and Human Sciences, Casablanca

Giancarlo Bosetti, Chairman, Reset Dialogues on Civilizations

Jonathan Laurence, Vice President, Reset Dialogues US

10.30-11.00 am / Conference Introduction

Mohammed Hashas, FSCIRE Foundation for Religious Studies, and Reset DOC

Fouad Ben Ahmed, Dar el-Hadith el-Hassania Institute for Higher Islamic Studies EDHH, Rabat

Session ITolerance in Mediterranean religious traditions

11:00-12:00 am/ Panel

Abdulaziz Sachedina (George Mason Univ), Islamic revelation and human diversity

Alberto Melloni (UNESCO Chair in Religious Pluralism and Peace, Bologna Univ), Religious climate change and human dignity

Chair: Jocelyne Cesari (Harvard and Birmingham Univs)

12.00-12:15 am Coffee Break

12:15-01:15 pm/ Panel

Sari Nusseibeh (Al-Quds Univ), Open and closed systems of knowledge

Massimo Campanini (Ambrosian Academy Milan), Religious tolerance and apologetics in the 5th Century H/11th C. AD

Chair: Nouzha Guessous (Hassan II Univ, Casablanca)

01:15-02:15 pm Lunch Break

Session IITolerance and intolerance in thought and practice

02:15-03:45 pm/ Panel

Asma Afsaruddin (Indiana Univ), Tolerance in Islamic thought and praxis

Aomar Boum (California Univ, UCLA), The Minority question: Historicizing Morocco’s discourse of tolerance

Aziz Mechouat (Hassan II Univ, Casablanca), Moroccan youth attitudes toward groups perceived as religiously different

Chair: Said El Bousklaoui (Zayed & Mohammed I Univs)

03:45-04:00 pm/ Coffee Break

04:00 – 05:00 pm/ Roundtable:

Inter-and-intrareligious tolerance and the rising populism– Reflections on the Document “Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together” Abu Dhabi, 2019

Mohamed Sghir Janjar (King Abdulaziz Foundation), Alberto Melloni (Modena-Reggio Emilia Univ, FSCIRE), Khalid Hajji (Mohamed I Univ), Sari Nusseibeh (Al-Quds Univ), Abdulaziz Sachedina (George Mason Univ)

Chair: Asma Afsaruddin (Indiana Univ)

Friday, July 12


Session IIIReligion, philosophy, and pluralism

10:00-11:00 am/ Panel

Said El Bousklaoui (Zayed Univ & Mohammed I Univ), On the limits of mutual recognition and tolerance between philosophers and theologians (In Arabic)

Karim Barghouti (Birzeit Univ), The Other in Muslim Sufi philosophy (In Arabic)

Chair: Mohammed Hashas (LUISS University of Rome, Reset DOC)

11:00-11:15 am Coffee Break

11:15 am-12:15 pm/ Panel

Jocelyne Cesari (Harvard and Birmingham Univs), The rise of the nation-state and its impact on religious tolerance in Turkey, Egypt and Syria

Khalid Hajji (Mohammed I Univ), The Mediterranean Sea: A Space of both Detection and Projection.

Chair: Jonathan Laurence (Boston College, and Reset US)

12:30-2.10 pm Lunch Break (and Friday Prayers)

Saturday, July 13


Session IV: Politics and identity in the Mediterranean

10:00-11:00 am/ Panel

Abdelhai Azarkan (Mohammed V Univ), The role of philosophy’s in making tolerance a value

Abderrazak Belagrouz (Univ of Setif 2), From tolerance to recognition in Mediterranean societies

Chair: Mohamed Sghir Janjar (King Abdul Aziz Foundation)

11:00-12:00 am/ Panel

Huseyin Yilmaz (George Mason Univ), Negotiating diversity in Ottoman society

Ahmet Alibašić (Sarajevo Univ), The platform for dialogue of the Islamic community in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Chair: Fouad Ben Ahmed (EDHH)

12:00-12:15 pm Coffee Break

12:15 – 01:15 pm

Roundtable 2: Book presentation, The Idea of European Islam (Routledge, 2019) by Mohammed Hashas

Discussants: Massimo CampaniniAhmet AlibasicJocelyne CesariJonathan Laurence

Chair: Giancarlo Bosetti (Reset DOC)

Closing remarks 1:15 – 1.30 pm

1.30 – 2.30 pm Lunch Break

Advisory Committee

Abdou Filali-Ansary (Aga Khan University, London)

Fouad Ben Ahmed (Dar el-Hadith el-Hassania Institute for Higher Islamic Studies, Rabat)

Giancarlo Bosetti (Reset DOC, Milan)

Nouzha Guessous (Hassan II University, Casablanca)

Mohamed Haddad (University of Carthage, Tunis)

Mohammed Hashas (FSCIRE Foundation for Religious Studies, and Reset DOC)

Mohamed-Sghir Janjar (King Abdul-Aziz Al Saoud Foundation for Islamic Studies and Human Sciences, Casablanca)

Jonathan Laurence (Boston College, Reset Dialogues)

Academic Coordinator – Conference

Mohammed Hashas (FSCIRE Foundation for Religious Studies, and Reset DOC)

Academic Coordinator – Summer School

Fouad Ben Ahmed (Dar el-Hadith el-Hassania Institute for Higher Islamic Studies, Rabat)

Attendance is free and open to the public.

Working languages: English and Arabic.

A simultaneous translation from English to Arabic and vice-versa will be provided.

For information, please contact us at

Participants: Asma Afsaruddin • Ahmet Alibašić • Abdelhai Azarkan • Abdul Karim Barghouti • Karen Barkey • Abderrezak Belagrouz • Fouad Ben Ahmed • Giancarlo Bosetti • Aoumar Boum • Massimo Campanini • Brian A. Catlos• Jocelyne Cesari • Said El Bousklaoui • Abdou Filali-Ansary • Nouzha Guessous • Mohamed Haddad • Khalid Hajji • Mohammed Hashas • Mohamed-Sghir Janjar • Jonathan Laurence • Aziz Mechouat • Alberto Melloni • Sari Nusseibeh • Abdulaziz Sachedina • Hüseyin Yılmaz.

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